The Philippines posted 76 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the lowest reported in a week, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,094, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday.

Over the last seven days, new cases for COVID-19 have been reported in hundreds and this is the lowest confirmed number of patients in a week since March 26, with 76 cases.

In a bit of good news, five COVID-19 patients have successfully recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 57, according to DOH’s 4 p.m. case bulletin.

Meanwhile, eight fatalities have been reported, bringing the total number to 144.

March 31 posted the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 538 while April 3 followed at 385.

The government is planning to conduct mass testing on April 14 for patients under investigation and under monitoring.

The Inter-Agency Task Force, on the other hand, is evaluating if the existing lockdown in Luzon will be lifted on April 12 or extended to further control the spread of the virus.  (RJ Espartinez)